A string of words and characters that you type in to authenticate yourself. Passphrases differ from passwords only in length. Passwords are usually short – six to ten characters. Passphrases are usually much longer – up to 100 characters or more. Their greater length makes passphrases more secure. Modern passphrases were invented by Sigmund N. Porter in 1982.
Phil Zimmermann’s popular encryption program PGP, for example, requires you to make up a passphrase that you then must enter whenever you sign or decrypt messages.
noun, Surveying. 1. a point located photogrammetrically and used as a reference point in orienting other photographs.
[pas-pawrt, -pohrt, pahs-] /ˈpæs pɔrt, -poʊrt, ˈpɑs-/ noun 1. an official document issued by the government of a country to one of its citizens and, varying from country to country, authorizing travel to foreign countries and authenticating the bearer’s identity, citizenship, right to protection while abroad, and right to reenter his or her native country. […]
noun, Football. 1. an attempt by the defense to prevent the quarterback from throwing successfully to a receiver.
- Pass something up
verb phrase To choose not to take, attend, etc; GIVE someone or something A MISS (or the goby): I guess I’ll pass up the concert tonight (1896+)